Architectural Trends for 2019

Architectural trends for 2019 include more sustainable and open space designs.

Here’s a quick look at the key architectural trends forecasted for 2019.

According to Build, advanced technologies and materials will continue to impact the way we design and build. We already know that augmented and virtual reality, AI and drone devices, as well as 3-D printing and other technologies, are altering construction practices — as is the trend for off-site, prefab construction.

We also know that state-of-the-art, advanced building materials and systems continue to change the landscape of the built environment, as do eco-friendly construction materials. Look for more, energy-efficient, eco-friendly architecture this year – buildings that are “greener” inside and out.

The use of recycled materials in innovative, artistic, sustainable design will continue to grow. From furniture and floors, to exterior claddings, using recycled materials means energy requirements and emissions for producing these products are significantly reduced. We are also seeing more vertical gardens and green rooftops, indoor gardens and green walls.

Other foreseeable trends include:

  • Sustainable Architecture & Resilient Design. Insulated building envelopes that provide air and moisture barriers for protection and energy efficiency, HVAC systems that conserve energy, filtration systems that conserve water – these will all get more traction as we strive to improve energy efficiency, preserve resources and alleviate the impact of climate change. With increasingly severe weather events and sea level rise, resilient design will remain an important focus for owners, designers and builders.
  • Open-space designs. As open-space design becomes even more prevalent, architects and designers are striving to better define the various segments of non-obstructed space to improve visual organization. Floor levels that vary in height along with shifts in surface colors and textures are all design strategies to produce enhanced open-space living.

 

  • Small designs. In residential design, the popularity of tiny house, micro-apartments and co-operative housing continues to rise. This in response to high cost of land and the environmental impacts of larger homes. Architects are embracing the “small but perfectly formed” architectural design challenge.
  • Solar roof tiles. While solar panels have been around forever, solar roof tiles that can convert sunlight into enough energy to power a house are the latest rage. They are less expensive than conventional solar panels, and far more attractive, as they come in many different styles that integrate seamlessly with traditional roof construction.

Work Space Architecture Will Also Continue to Change

As reported in Entrepreneur, in today’s offices, work happens anywhere and everywhere. More often than not, there is no set cubicle space. Work spaces are ergonomic and well-connected, designed for interaction and connectivity.

Working collaboratively is an ongoing trend, spawning office designs that facilitate small and large teams coming together to generate multi-disciplinary solutions.

Businesses have also figured out that health means wealth, i.e. healthy employees are more productive employees. Workspaces today must foster and encourage a healthful lifestyle, whether it’s ergonomic furniture that allows people to stand and work (versus sitting all day,) or improved interior air quality. Studies have shown that carbon dioxide and other noxious gases can cause loss of concentration and low productivity.  Proper ventilation and clean air are critical for productivity.

Lighting is also important to employee well-being. Natural light and/or lighting that mimics sunlight and adjusts to the change in time/season will also mimic bio-rhythms. The greener the building – inside and out – the healthier and happier the employee.

 


Residential Showcase Utilizes Sto Ventec Glass Facade

Architect's stunning new home in Virginia is the first to incorporate Sto Ventec exterior glass panels.

StoVentec Glass facades have been widely used in Europe for years, and are just now being introduced in the U.S. The product works well as both an external rainscreen cladding system, and as an internal decorative option.

StoVentec Glass is an advanced ventilated rainscreen cladding system consisting of a glass-faced composite panel, thermal insulation, and sub-construction. The result is an engineered, high performance façade with a sleek, elegant look.

Architect Jeff Davenport, a principal at Perkins & Will, chose such a StoVentec Glass panel system for his private residence on Lake Anna in Louisa County, Virginia. It is the first such installation in the country, and based on the stunning results, will most certainly generate future use of this versatile, highly functional product.

The contemporary plan initially called for metal panels, but the contractor on the project, Pillar Construction, suggested StoVentec Glass panels, which would provide better insulation and incredible aesthetics.  In addition to the advanced rain screen cladding with a back-ventilated system and air cavities for drainage, StoVentec Glass panels also offer thermal and sound insulation.

Opaque glass panels wrap around the entire entertainment, fireplace area as well as the garage façade.

Part of the Ventec manufacturing process includes the fusion of color onto the back of the glass. The color melts into the glass, creating permanent colored glass panels that will not wear, scratch, fade or incur water damage. Vivid colors and different panel size options are available, offering many aesthetic choices for either new-build or renovation, which you can learn about here.


Mineral Wool For Building Exteriors

Mineral wool insulated exteriors offer tremendous performance as well as a wide range of aesthetics.

Sto Product Manager Karine Galla recently penned a piece in Construction Specifier on mineral wool as an option to enhance the thermal performance of continuous insulation on a building’s exterior.  While mineral wool has been around for over a century, the article provides an overview on how the insulation is produced today and outlines its many attributes for exterior facades.

Mineral wool is typically made from a combination of melted volcanic rock and steel slag spun into a mass of fine, intertwined fibers. These fibers conduct heat very well, but when pressed into rolls and sheets they create an excellent insulator. In addition to its thermal performance, mineral wool also appeals to designers and specifiers because of its fire resistance. Since mineral wool insulations are naturally noncombustible, they will not burn or release harmful smoke and hot gases.

Mineral wool is also vapor permeable, with a vapor rating of up to 50. This means water vapor can readily diffuse throughout the material; it will not retain water. Since most mineral wool products are made from more than 50% post-industrial recycled content, and contribute so significantly to energy conservation, they are also considered very “sustainable”.

As a result of these performance virtues, mineral wool is increasingly used in building exteriors. Especially when builders are looking to mitigate fire risk, noise intrusion, and energy waste, as well as ensuring moisture control in an “all-in-one-solution”.

Mineral wool insulation has been widely used in industrial settings such as petroleum refineries and power plants, as well as for lofts, cavity walls, flat roofs and heating systems. It has also been used as an insulation layer behind various claddings such as curtain walls, rainscreen facades and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).

While suggesting that mineral wool products warrant consideration, Galla also outlines some of the product’s challenges and important factors to consider in designing a wall assembly with mineral wool insulation. These include: air and moisture control, detailing solutions at the joints and seams, making wind load calculations, ensuring fastener longevity, and determining impact resistance.


Sto Awarded Coveted ISO Certifications

Sto manufacturing was once again awarded important ISO certifications confirming their commitment to the highest industry standards and building with conscience.

Sto Corp. has received renewals for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications at all of its US facilities, once again demonstrating the company’s commitment to excellence in product manufacturing, customer service and environmental safety.

The ISO certifications are granted by the International Organization for Standardization, which promotes proprietary industrial and commercial performance standards and sets the bar for organizations.  The certifications are a valuable trademark in the manufacturing sector providing a sales and marketing advantage to those who achieve ISO approval, as well as creating a benchmark and best practices for improving business processes.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification is for a proven Quality Management System that consistently provides products that meet customer requirements and deliver customer satisfaction while fulfilling legal and regulatory obligations. The ISO 14001:2015 certification recognizes an established Environmental Management System that meets the ISO standards for minimizing the environmental impacts of its company operations and practices.

“We are proud to carry both ISO certifications, as we strive to create an on-time, quality product while enhancing our company’s environmental performance,” said Teal Rooks, ISO Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Sto Corp.


Winter is Here & StoPanel Can Help

StoPanel installation can save valuable time and money, especially in the winter months.

As inclement weather descends upon construction projects across the country, now is a good time to remember the incredible value of prefabricated, insulated exterior wall systems by Sto.

Because panel manufacturing is done off-site and indoors, there are fewer weather delays.  Because the time to install a panel system is far less than a conventional building envelope, it enables builders to better weather the winter months and make the most of their construction calendar.

Regardless of the weather, prefabricated wall systems can compress a construction schedule, and make for a faster build time.  In addition to saving time, lightweight, continuous insulation StoPanels can also save money.

There are countless testimonials and examples of how StoPanels have saved on construction costs and greatly reduced the time of building envelope installation.